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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.42 | 1529 ratings

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5 stars I thought it would be fitting to have my first RPI (Rock Progressivo Italiano for those of you who don't know) review to be the first album I ever listened to from this sub-genre of prog.

During Christmas I was fortunate enough to be able to buy 10-15 CDs.and I had to pick ones that would cover aspects of prog I hadn't heard. Per Un Amico was the album I was recommended for RPI. I instantly became hooked and soon got my parents hooked on the album. It can be safely assumed that this album is the pinnacle of Rock Progressivo Italiano.

One aspect I noticed about this album is the significant use of keyboard instruments like mellotron, organ, piano, Moog synthesizers, etc. This is a main part of the sound of this album and is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. The keys are an integral part of the album and if you take it away, you take away the backbone of the album. Even though the keys are a main part of the album, there are other instruments that take the limelight. The other instruments (guitar, bass, drums, flute, and violin) do a good job of layering sounds on top of this keyboard centred music to add intensity to the music. The singing in Italian is beautiful as well and even though I don't understand what is being said, the Italian words fit better than the English version of these songs.

This album (and like a lot of symphonic prog) is classically inspired. When I showed this to a friend of mine it took a lot of listening before he was convinced that is was rock music and not just classical.

Overall this album is amazing. The layering of different instruments gives this album a lush sound and a classical sound. The use of keys is the main focus of this album for me and I love listening to the soaring mellotron intro to Appena Un Po' with the acoustic guitar playing a beautiful piece on top of that. It is magnificent. 5/5 stars for being an RPI masterpiece. This is highly recommended for any fan of symphonic prog rock and keys aficionados.

progismylife | 5/5 |


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